henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2007
June 2007 - Batch 01 - This beer might have the most beautiful red amber body I have ever seen, with a big and small bubbled some what lasting head; Maybe I expect to much from these BA sour RR’s, but I get slightly disappointed evey time I have one. The nose is great it has everything, it just gives it self up way to easy, it lacks the Belgium (sour Belgium’s) toughness, roughness, the "you wont get me that easy" attitude, they need more MALE attitude. You can feel the lactic sourness in the nose but it is hidden by the sweet cherry cinnamon perfumed to easy aromas that is also way to present in the NB Enigma; The body is good and a little more complex then the nose, a wooden barrel like tannin harshness is a little to present otherwise it is balanced with a very little sourness, a little bitterness and to much to big bubbled carbonation; It finishes a bit to short, aromas and feel grows big right when the beer is swallowed, but fades to fast, a very small lactic touch, again lots of barrel tannins, some barrel aroma but also tons of this sweet cinnamon cherry aroma that is much better fitting in a cake then in a beer. It is very strange that the cherry aromas in US beers are so very, very much different from the cherry aromas in Belgium beers, uhh there are some good Belgium sours! rauchbier (3891) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle, at various locations during the Zythos weekend, March 2006. Golden orange with a slight haze, thin off white head and good condition. Big barleywine malt and toffee sweetness with a gentle barnyardy tartness in the nose, quite thin and alcoholic in the mouth with a gentle fruity tartness that lingers long into the finish before becoming dry.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a hazy burned orange/caramel with a white head that dies completely. Smells of huge sourness, a little cherry and oak as an afterthought. Taste starts out mild then BAM, huge rush of tarty goodness. You want to pucker its so sour. Finally mellows out with the oak and cherry peaking through. Medium in the mouth and a tickle of either carbonation or the tartness giving its finishing move. You want to sip this because larger samplings at a time would be a waste. A very tasty and different libation.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 Batch 02. Pours a hazy copper-amber color with an even off-white that fades quickly, but can be roused up. Fantastic sour acetic notes touched by sour cherry and oak. The acetic aroma has an interesting unique sharpness to it. The taste is a perfect blend of sour supplied by the funk and fruity sourness of the cherry. The dryness in the finish really gives a vinous feel to the brew. Just enough carbonation to deliver the tartness on to the palate without being overbearing. A great sour ale. Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Batch 002, 300th Rating! Courtesy of Irishboy Thank you very much Richard! Pours a hazy amber ruby colour with a small frothy offwhite head. Nose begins with a sour overlay with barnyard funk and vibrant cherries. In the background aroma oak, red wine and apples are also apparent. Initial taste of a sparkling mouthfeel with a puckering sour cherries that coat the mouth incredabily. Flavor is far from somedued here. Moving into lots of brett yeast. Lemon & apple also lingering the background. Finishing with a citrus rhine bitterness, but not overwhelmingly harsh which is usually the case. But just enough to be pleasant and enjoyable. The palate duration is average. Good head retention. Medium body.
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Simply put, one of the best sour beers I’ve ever had. Low acidity, but very nicely sour. i love this brown ale. Yummy! Go Vinny! MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Batch 002. Poured hazy reddish-brown, with decent amount of head. The aroma is incredibly alluring, sucking me in with huge funky sourness along with cherries and some oak presence as well. The taste, well it’s amazing of course. Sour cherries hit me first, then comes the Bretty funk, and last as if it weren’t enough, the oak and wine provide the finale to this wonderful beer. Mouthfeel was kind of light and spritzy, looking for a little more here I must say. People seem to think this is nowhere close to batch 001. If that’s the case, then I need to get my hands on one somehow. Superb brew. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2007
I made a mistake. Pantanap hooked me up with a bottle of this beer in one trade, so I cancelled a bottle of it I had going on in another trade. Pours a caramel brown pour with a small white head. Nose is full of sour and sweet notes, a bit of funk, apple cider, cherry and other light fruits. maybe a little pear. Flavor-wise it was obviously sour, but a delicous not over the top sour. Apples and pear and cherry a bit of barnyard precense. Notes of wood, oak it seems. Hints of lemon, grass, leather, oh and a bit of sourness. Honestly the best beer I have consumed in a long time, maybe ever. Give me a case. At first I thought, fantastic beer.....4.5 maybe a little higher. But as I sat here and took down a whole bottle it quickly and continuously kept getting better and better. I went into this beer with very mediocre expectations. drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
This beer is batch 002 and consumed on 3/15/07. When I popped the cork, the beer rocketed out. The beer is dark amber in color with little yeasties floating in suspension. Floating yeast is to be expected from a bottle conditioned beer. The head fell quickly, although I did leave the bottle for a bit after it ran over. The aroma has a strong brett presence with a cidery aroma in there as well. The tart cherry taste, brett, and carbonation make the glands in my neck tingle. The brett is very pronounced and seems to make the body seem lighter and thinner. Overall, the only disappointment is the lack of body. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
Foamy out of the bottle but it is a quickly thinning head. Cloudy reddish brown beer. Super sour nose with notes of cherries. Sour brown start moves to huge sour. I like it like a college prank that is fun for it’s own sake. So dry my tongue shrivels up. Very fizzy sour body. Amazing how similar this style of beer can be to a particular style of sour candy with a fizzy baking soda characteristic. Offers up sour shivers. Sourness runs roughshod over the malt and cherries. Admirable more for artistry than flavour.